Special Council: August 31st 2020

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF COUNCIL
Monday, August 31, 2020 – 6:00 p.m.
Videoconferenced in Main Conference Room-Mayfield Village Civic Center
6622 Wilson Mills Road, Mayfield Village, Ohio

Council President Schutt stated, this Special Meeting of Council was duly noticed and is being held in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22 specific to recent amendments made in light of the current COVID-19 declared emergency (House Bill 197).  Under the orders of Governor DeWine and the Director of Health of Ohio, and pursuant to Ordinance 2020-08, adopted March 16, 2020, Council is meeting remotely, via electronic means.   Mayfield Village is conducting these proceedings in compliance with all applicable State Laws and regulations.

This Special Meeting can be accessed by going to: https://youtu.be/q7a4nlvT7GY

ROLL CALL: 

Present: Mrs. Jurcisek, Mr. Marquardt, Mr. Meyers, Mrs. Mills, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Schutt, and Mr. Williams

Also Present: Mayor Bodnar, Mr. Coyne, and Mr. Wynne

Council President Schutt stated, please remain seated as I recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council President Schutt recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Open Portion:

Council President Schutt stated, the public was encouraged to view this meeting agenda and offer any comments or questions limited only to agenda items prior to this meeting to be read into the record and addressed at the meeting.  Comments and questions were accepted until 5:00 p.m. this evening by sending an e-mail to our Council Clerk, Mary Betsa.  Mrs. Betsa, have you received any comments?

Mrs. Betsa replied, no, I have not Council President.

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. 2020-22, entitled, “An emergency ordinance repealing Ordinance 2020-12 amending the compensation of the Mayor, President of Council and Members of Council and directing the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to remove the issue from the November 3, 2020 General Election Ballot.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole. (Administration)

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marquardt, made a motion to suspend the rules of Council requiring an Ordinance to be read on three separate occasions.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Rules Suspended.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marquardt, made a motion to enact Ordinance No. 2020-22.

Council President Schutt asked, discussion?

Mayor Bodnar asked, Council President, I have some comments I would like to make on tonight’s legislation if that’s okay?

Council President Schutt replied, sure, absolutely.  Please go ahead.

Mayor Bodnar stated, thank you Council President, members of the Administration and members of Council.  I appreciate your making time for this Special Meeting.  We do have some important business to accomplish tonight.

On July 20th, Council voted to place Ordinance 2020-12 on the ballot for consideration by the voters.  The Ordinance calls for an increase in my compensation package and a more modest increase in Council’s salary.  As early as the First Read of 2020-12, there was some concern over increasing compensation in the midst of a pandemic.  There was also hope that the COVID situation would improve and that our strength, planning and vision would enable our Village to navigate the pandemic successfully.

While the latter remains true--we have worked long and hard to keep our Village safe and successful during this pandemic.  The fact of the matter is that the dangerous and highly contagious virus still persists.  We know that some day there will be a vaccine, but we do not know when.

We also  know that some of our largest employers are keeping their employees working from home. Residents have expressed concern that employees working temporarily from home can decide to pay municipal taxes to their home city rather than to their usual work city.  There is an even greater concern over the potential impact to our economy if, at some point, those employees continue to work from home on a permanent basis.  A few years ago, I hired an Economic Development Manager and I assure you that we have worked hard and will continue to work hard, to work with our business base toward our mutual success and benefit.

That being said, we don’t have a crystal ball and we cannot predict what the future holds.  I and members of this Council have listened to the fears and concerns of our residents over the uncertainties that lie ahead, and I believe that the most appropriate thing to do at this time is to ask Council to pass legislation repealing Ordinance 2020-12.  In other words, taking it off the November ballot.  We can always decide to revisit the subject later when we are more certain of the future, but for now, I have heard the call to watch our spending and tighten our belts and we will do our best to heed it.

Before I end, I would like to offer a few words of reassurance to all Villagers.  On the day I took office, January 1, 2016, our General Fund balance stood at $12,282,277.00, a robust sum by anybody’s estimation. In the five years since I began as your Mayor, our General Fund balance has increased every year.  In fact, it has increased substantially.  As of July 31st, of this year, our General Fund balance stands at $31,165,257.00, just about two and a half times more than the day I started. A $31,000,000.00 reserve is not just respectable, it is virtually unheard of in a Village our size or even in cities far larger than we are.

In that same five years, while we built our reserves, our careful planning has enabled us to add 7 new full-time first responders, fill our summers with some amazing concerts, build a beautiful Community Room and maintain exceptional programs and services.  This year, although our income will be impacted by COVID-19, we are still on track to finish the year by covering our budget expenses out of current income.

So, there’s no need for fear or panic, and neither will serve us well. Rather, be assured that all of us - I, members of this Administration, Council President Schutt and all of your Council Representatives continue to listen to your concerns, plan for our future and act in your best interests.  We have a ways to go yet and there’s no room for divisiveness.  Working together has always been the strength of this community and careful planning, budgeting and spending have been the hallmarks of our success.  Those characteristics have taken us through rough times before and they will continue to guide us as we navigate the unchartered waters ahead.  So, stay safe and healthy, my friends, and God bless you.  Thank you.

Council President Schutt stated, thank you, Mayor Bodnar.  Are there any other comments?

There were none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Ordinance Enacted.

  • Motion to confirm that Exhibit “A” attached to Ordinance 2020-16 amends Article IV Section 4 of the Charter of Mayfield Village as opposed to Article VI Section 4 of the Charter of Mayfield Village and direct the Clerk of Council to confirm the same with the Board of Elections.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marquardt, made a motion to confirm that Exhibit “A” attached to Ordinance 2020-16 amends Article IV Section 4 of the Charter of Mayfield Village as opposed to Article VI Section 4 of the Charter of Mayfield Village and direct the Clerk of Council to confirm the same with the Board of Elections.

Council President Schutt asked, discussion?

Mr. Coyne stated, this was just a housekeeping matter suggested by a representative of the Board of Elections just to confirm the Exhibit was corrected which we have done. The Ordinance is fine, just the Exhibit.

Council President Schutt stated, thank you, Mr. Coyne.  Any other discussion

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Exhibit A to Ordinance 2020-16 Amended.

  • Motion to adjourn

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marquardt, made a motion to adjourn.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.